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Education in Portugal

EducationPublic spending on education in Portugal is 5.6% of GDP. The adult literacy rate includes 95.4% of the population (source: CIA World Factbook). The percentage of students accessing higher education is extremely low by European standards at 11%, this compares to the UK’s 30%.

Portugal’s debt crisis in 2010 led to a reduction in the amount of funding for higher education, which caused some institutions to increase their admissions to gain more money from fees, while at the same time reducing staff, with some detrimental effects on the standard of education offered. At the same time the debt crisis, and the resulting high unemployment in the country, led the Government to the compulsory schooling age to be raised to 18 years. The combination of these two factors has caused an increasing supply of students competing for places at universities and polytechnics. There is anecdotal evidence that this has caused some Portuguese students to seek higher education in other European countries.



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